Farewell to Francesco Rosi, the maestro of civic engagement
by Camillo De Marco
- Funeral today in Rome of the director passed away on Saturday at 92 years of age. "He was one of the best directors in the world, not just in Italy", recalled Paolo Sorrentino
This morning at the Casa del Cinema in Rome a civil ceremony was held to celebrate the funeral of maestro Francesco Rosi, who died on Saturday in the capital at 92 years of age. At 12 o clock he was remembered by his dearest friends.
The Neapolitan director was considered one of the great maestros of expose cinema and films about civic engagement. For Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino, Rosi ''was one of the greatest directors in the world, not just in Italy", just to cite one of the many comments made following his death. "There are some filmmakers, very few, who create worlds, who can build worlds by inventing techniques and styles. He was one of these. He was a great innovator, a model for all those who sought a certain type of film, that’s not only linked to politics but that’s also an exploration of humanity”.
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2012, before that a Golden Lion in 1963 with Hands over the city, Rosi had also received the Palme d’Or in Cannes for The Mattei Affair. He made his directing debut in 1958 with The Challenge. His first political film was Salvatore Guliano (Silver Bear in Berlin in 1961), and amongst his most famous films, worth mentioning are: Illustrious Corpses, Many Wars Ago, Christ stopped at Eboli, Three brother and Carmen. The latest movies filmed by Rosi are Chronicle of a death foretold, from the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Palermo Connection and The truce, based on the book by Primo Levi.
(Translated from Italian)